History | U.S. Interventions and Encounters in the Circum Caribbean
J300 | 12797 | Gould


Above class COLL intensive writing section
Above class open to undergraduates only
A portion of the above class reserved for majors

From 1898 until 1934, the United States sent troops to Cuba, the
Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Puerto
Rico. Between 1900 and 1926, the US intervened militarily seventeen
times in Central America, alone. With the advent of the Cold War,
the US intensified its concern for its strategic interests in the
hemisphere, engaging in major interventions in the Dominican
Republic (1965) amd Central America in 1954 and the 1980s. Sometimes
the interventions were brief, and at other times they lasted for
decades. There were also other more peaceful encounters between the
US and Latin America, for example, when Henry Ford attempted to
erect a rubber producing model city in the Amazon.

This course, through an examination of mostly primary documents,
will analyze the causes and consequences of military and pacific US
interventions and encounters that inevitably transformed those
countries. At times, the interventions also seriously affected the
United States. The seminar is particularly concerned with their
political and cultural impact in the Circum Caribbean and in the US.

This is a writing intensive seminar. Although students will engage
in a semester-long research project, they will be required to submit
periodic reports and drafts of their final papers (15-20 pages).